The Power of Pride

There are substantial parallelisms between teaching, coaching, and personal training.  These three fields, which constitute nearly all of my time, seem to work as catalysts for one another.  The skills I use to be an effective teacher are the same ones I employ to be an effective coach.  Likewise, with personal training.

One of the principles I always preach to my students, athletes, and clients is the concept of pride.  Pride is a pretty diverse word.  It can be subjective in nature and our understanding of the word varies depending on our individual experiences.  For me, the word pride isn’t necessary a just a word, but more importantly a habitual way of life.

Pride is often times directly correlated with success.  In essence, this is where the habitual nature of the word tends to manifest itself.  Successful people are largely successful in a multitude of ways (e.g. professionally, socially, financially, etc.).  This success is predicated on their ability to generalize the word pride and apply it to everything that they do.  Pride isn’t an “on/off” switch.  Pride is something ever-present or always absent.

This simple word is so imperative.  If I could give one piece of advice to any individual looking to be successful, it would be to have pride and show it in everything they do.  This is a lifestyle change that needs coupled with constant reminders in order to become a habit.  I frequently remind myself to have pride in everything I do, even the most trivial of tasks.  I try to take pride in the way I dress at work.  I take pride in the way I eat and address my health.  I take pride in the way I teach, and try to do so to the best of my ability.  If I’m vacuuming my living room, you better believe I’m taking pride in that and making it the most pristine carpet you’ve ever had the pleasure of stepping your grotesque toes on!  If you’re able to have pride in everything that you do, you’ll ultimately find enormous amounts of success.

That’s the primary characteristic that separates our student populace from the rest of the Valley.  Our kids here at Beaver Local are prideful and conduct themselves accordingly.  The amount of school spirit we have is unparalleled.  The encouragement between athletic teams is unmatched.  Moreover, the pride we take in how we conduct ourselves within the community is enough to keep me coming to work every morning.  I am humbled and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such great students.  The integrity and pride of our students are not only a testament to effective leadership but also indicative of the closeness of our Beaver Local family.

– Coach D

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Coach D shows pride in the hard work he puts into his heath, nutrition, and fitness


Coach D inspires male and female athletes to have pride in their strength

Mrs. Hendricks

Mrs. Hendricks is a wife, mother and teacher. She is married to Jeff and has two sons, Mitch and Bryce. She grew up in the big city of Elkton. She attended Elkton Elementary, then went to Beaver Local middle school and high school. Mrs. Hendricks was a varsity cheerleader for four years and was involved in the school paper. Mrs. Hendricks is an English teacher at Beaver Local Highschool, and has been for 19 years now. Mrs. Hendricks enjoys golfing, traveling, boating on the family boat, reading, biking, hiking and cooking. Mrs. Hendricks has been to Italy, Germany, Poland, France, and Austria.
Mrs. Hendricks went into education because she wanted to be that teacher who was passionate about something, and she wanted to inspire a student to do something; and encourage students to believe in their dreams. She has always taught grades 9-12. Mrs. Hendricks states, “If every student just has that one teacher, high school will be better for them.”
As a student, we often get frustrated with Beaver Local and wonder why a teacher would ever come back here after they graduated. Mrs. Hendricks said that she didn’t think she was ever coming back, but she was teaching part time at another school. Her mother worked at Beaver Local and made her put in a resume, which resulted in her getting hired. Mrs. Hendricks said that coming back to Beaver Local was a hard adjustment because there were still teachers here from when she was a student. I asked Mrs. Hendricks if she would go back and change coming here if she could, she answered, “This might sound corny and cliche but it feels like home here because I’m from here and know a lot of people still.”
Mrs. Hendricks claims that the technology is definitely the biggest change from when she attended Beaver Local. Things haven’t changed much in the district, but they have in the education, especially the requirements. Mrs. Hendricks states, “It is always changing which is good to benefit the students.” Mrs. Hendricks is constantly changing her teaching ways to keep up with the new technology to make it a better environment for her students to learn. The use of technology has helped her in researching different lesson ideas. It has helped students with writing essays, and makes it easier to access information to help them. For the last 22 years, she has witnessed testing changes 4 times: ninth grade proficiency, OGT, PARCC and AIR testing.  She is always adapting to the changes. Mrs. Hendricks states, “If you don’t change, it makes you stale and ineffective.”
A lot of students love Mrs. Hendricks because of her personality, and she can relate very well to all of us. She is very helpful and understanding. Mrs. Hendricks cares about everyone of her students individually. I, personally, have been inspired by Mrs. Hendricks in many ways, such as, to always be the bigger person, and always give your best effort. I hope Mrs. Hendricks always stays with Beaver Local, because everyone deserves the chance to have her.

The Beaver Local Girls’ Basketball Team

The Beaver Local girls basketball team this year has been a season full of achievements, improvement, hard work and success. Last year their girls record at the end of the season was 12-12 and they did not make it through the first round of sectionals. But, so far this year the girls have a record of 13-5, which is a winning season and much improved from last year. The girls have two more regular season games. The girls were fourth in the OVAC and played first seed Parkersburg south and lost. They also played for first place in the Buckeye Tournament, sadly they did not return home with a win. They fought hard in overtime and worked very hard and proved a lot of people wrong.

Captain and three letterman, Madison Roberts said, “2 years ago people said that we’d be lucky to 1 game but now we are in a winning season and made it to the Buckeye 8 finals, 4th in OVAC, and at one point were eighth in the state of Ohio.” Coach Stephanie Coie, Coach Elizabeth Connor, Bill Croxall and Kim Gourley are part of the success that strives the girls to be so successful. Senior night was played against United Local High School, and the girls so proudly came out with a win. Roberts said, “the key to our success is the hard work, coaches, goals and that we all our best friends and treat each other like family.” This season the girls have proven all of their doubters wrong and made history that has not been made in a long time for the beaver local girls basketball program. The girls later this season will enter the first round of sectionals. Roberts said, “I think we have a really good chance at the first round, I believe that we will come out with a win and be sectional champs, which hasn’t happened in a long time.” The three captains of the team are Madison Roberts, Emily Beck and Lexi Merriman. The amount of effort, dedication and leadership they put in fuels the team’s success. Along with their success on the court, most people on the team academic success is just as good or even better. Being a student athlete is not easy but these girls are very focused and have bright futures ahead of them.